Why your next chatbot should be human-augmented, not AI-augmented

Chatbots hit a hot streak in 2016. It seemed like every week there was a new bot. Many of these bots faded as fast as they came on the scene. Most likely, they weren’t backed up with a proper business model, and many  in the industry overestimated the capacity of chatbot and AI to tackle […]

Google’s AI Can Now Translate Between Languages It Wasn’t Taught to Translate Between

AI of “Interlingua”  Neural networks are machines and algorithms developed to behave like the  human brain—but a development from Google Translate shows that (once again) AI can outperform humans in a big way. Google’s AI can now translate language pairs it has not been trained for. To be clear, this means that it can translate […]

‘Nanobionic’ spinach plants detect explosives, pollution, drought | KurzweilAI

By embedding spinach leaves with carbon nanotubes, MIT engineers have transformed spinach plants into sensors that can detect explosives and wirelessly relay that information to a handheld device similar to a smartphone. (credit: Christine Daniloff/MIT) MIT engineers have implanted spinach leaves with carbon nanotubes, resulting in a hybrid electronic system that they call “plant nanobionics” […]

Slack Welcomes Microsoft to Messaging With Full-Page Letter That Echoes Apple’s Famous ‘Seriously’ Ad

 By Kristina Monllos November 2, 2016, 11:15 AM EDT Advertising & Branding Slack co-founder and CEO Stewart Butterfield boasted about the ad on Twitter. Twitter: @stewart Slack founders are taking marketing lessons from Steve Jobs. The workplace communication company took out a full-page ad in today’s New York Times, ahead of Microsoft’s Office event which […]

Car-buyers Hindered by Online-Dealer Showroom Disconnect

October 05, 2016 Car-buyers Hindered by Online-Dealer Showroom Disconnect, Accenture Finds Automakers and dealers must tighten multi-channel integration strategy and embrace the latest technology or risk losing sales  NEW YORK; Oct. 5, 2016 -As car-buyers become more accustomed to shopping online, they are visiting dealer showrooms for fewer and more specific reasons to accelerate the purchase […]

You Have A Second Brain [video]

Turns out you have TWO brains!  Written by Annik Carson, Gregory Brown, Rachel Salt, and Mitchell Moffit ASAPSCIENCE BOOK: http://asapscience.com/book/  Further reading — http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/artic… http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25… http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/artic… http://www.brainstimjrnl.com/article/… http://www.pnas.org/content/108/38/16050 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18… http://www.scientificamerican.com/art… http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health… http://neurosciencestuff.tumblr.com/p… http://www.theatlantic.com/health/arc… http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/28/mag… http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/21/459… This article originally appeared at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3Ftj5E90tY

A U.N. Agency’s Radical Experiment In Addressing The Refugee Crisis

Brian Reich gets it. As we described in Billions Rising, people in bad situations are good people looking for a hand up rather than a hand out.  Most of us want to offer the hand up, but we get solicited by the middlemen NGO who miss the point. We all commit more and do more […]

Google’s AI Takes Historic Match Against Go Champ With Third Straight Win

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — Google’s artificially intelligent Go-playing computer system has claimed victory in its historic match with Korean grandmaster Lee Sedol after winning a third straight game in this best-of-five series. This Google creation is known as AlphaGo, and with its three-games-to-none triumph, the machine has earned Google a million dollars in prize money, […]